Koji Ryui

Koji Ryui

Koji Ryui makes sculptures and installations that explore the delicate space between formal reality and human perception. Through subtle and often subversive interventions, commonplace materials are transformed, repurposed for alternative narratives and constructions. Observing the inherent histories and possibilties of disparate objects, Ryui establishes dialectical propositions that problematises our personal and collective narratives in search of the essence of things and their meanings. In Ryui’s hands, what we conceive of as knowledge is not xed, but slippery, temporal, and personal; an ever-evolving interpretation.

Ryui has exhibited in major exhibitions internationally including the 10th Asia Pacific Triennale at GOMA, Brisbane, 2021; the 2019 iteration of The National: The New Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW; the 21st Biennale of Sydney 2018 Superposition: Equillibrium and Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka; the 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale 2015 Unmapping the end of the world; and Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan.

He has also shown in a range of reputable institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney; the MORI Museum, Tokyo; Artspace, Sydney; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; and PICA, Perth. Ryui's work is held in public and private collections including the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 

Selected works


    Koji Ryui

    Piccolo 2019


    Koji Ryui

    Seed 2019

    Jusqu'à toi?

    Koji Ryui

    Jusqu'à toi? 2021


    John SpiteriKoji Ryui

    Chaperone 2019

    Temple of Equality

    Koji Ryui

    Temple of Equality 2018


    Koji Ryui

    Bee 2019


  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021

  • Group Show 46

    Group Show 46

    John ArmlederMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneNicola SmithJohn SpiteriKoji RyuiOliver Wagner

    5 February - March 6, 2021



    Julie FragarDavid HainesLucina LaneTodd McMillanElizabeth PulieHuseyin SamiKoji RyuiGemma SmithTony SchwensenJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekJustene Williams

    1 - February 29, 2020

  • Chaperone


    Koji RyuiJohn Spiteri

    17 October - November 16, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Group Show 39

    Group Show 39

    Julie FragarChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJohn NixonKoji RyuiGemma Smith

    18 January - February 19, 2019

  • Many Worlds Interpretation

    Koji Ryui

    Many Worlds Interpretation

    23 June - July 21, 2018

  • Sculpture Salon

    Sculpture Salon

    Christopher HanrahanMatt HinkleyPeter RobinsonTodd Robinson Koji Ryui

    16 January - February 3, 2018

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Esther StewartJonny NiescheJamie NorthGemma SmithKoji Ryui

    6 - September 10, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • A Un

    Koji Ryui

    A Un

    19 November - December 17, 2016

  • Another Green World

    Another Green World

    Jamie NorthGemma SmithAndreas Reiter RaabeSandra SeligSarah MoscaMatthys GerberJack Lanagan DunbarJonny NiescheOlivier MossetMaria CruzKoji RyuiJulie FragarBrendan Van Hek

    4 August - September 3, 2016

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekEsther StewartJulie FragarHuseyin SamiJonathan ZawadaElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiMatthys GerberNicola SmithJohn NicholsonTodd McMillanJustin TrendallAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz West

    10 - September 12, 2015

  • Everything & Nothing

    Everything & Nothing

    Sarah MoscaMikala DwyerJohn NixonGemma SmithJoyce HinterdingChristopher HanrahanMatt HinkleyKoji RyuiDavid HainesTim BrunigesSandra Selig

    26 June - July 25, 2015

  • Soft Landing

    Koji Ryui

    Soft Landing

    6 - November 29, 2014

  • 20 200

    20 200

    Hany ArmaniousMatthys GerberJohn NixonMikala DwyerMaria CruzAnne-Marie MayA.D.S. Donaldson & Andreas ExnerSylvie FleuryKerrie PolinessJohn ArmlederOlivier MossetAndreas Reiter RaabeGail HastingsTony SchwensenPaul SaintGerold MillerDiena GeorgettiMelinda HarperRuark LewisJohn SpiteriJan van der PloegJulia GormanJames LynchDavid GriggsElizabeth NewmanRobert PulieSimon BarneyPeter WüthrichTim SilverMary TeagueHuseyin SamiRachel ScottOscar YanezElizabeth PulieStephen BramRose NolanKoji RyuiGemma SmithSimon DennyMatt HinkleyJohn NicholsonChristopher HanrahanJulie FragarJustin TrendallMoya McKennaRon AdamsSandra SeligJamie NorthTodd McMillanJonathan ZawadaJustene Williams

    13 March - April 17, 2014

  • Summer


    Jamie NorthMoya McKennaMaria CruzJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillanMatthys GerberKoji RyuiJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin SamiJonathan Zawada

    21 January - February 1, 2014

  • Feelings

    Koji Ryui


    18 July - August 10, 2013

  • Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Masculin Feminin (part 2)

    Jamie NorthKoji RyuiMatthys GerberTodd McMillanJustin TrendallMatt HinkleyJohn NixonHuseyin Sami

    23 March - April 21, 2012

  • Quantum Entanglement

    Koji Ryui

    Quantum Entanglement

    29 October - November 20, 2010

  • Dynamo Hum

    Dynamo Hum

    Christopher HanrahanKoji RyuiJulie FragarJustin TrendallGemma SmithHuseyin Sami

    26 June - July 25, 2009

  • So Long

    Koji Ryui

    So Long

    23 May - June 14, 2008

  • Lion


    Paul BaiSimon DennyMatt Fearns Marco FusinatoJulia GormanMatt HinkleyRyan MooreJohn NicholsonRobert PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiGemma SmithJustin TrendallJan van der Ploeg

    25 May - June 30, 2007

  • Koji Ryui

    Koji Ryui

    20 October - November 18, 2006

  • we're open

    we're open

    Simon BarneyStephen BramMarco FusinatoMatthys GerberKatharina GrosseReuben KeehanJohn NixonRose NolanElizabeth PulieAndreas Reiter RaabeKoji RyuiGemma SmithJohn Spiteri

    6 - September 30, 2006